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    Video: Dave Brubeck, 1971

    I've been on a bit of a Dave Brubeck jag ever since architect and pal Bev Thorne died last week (go here). Yesterday, I came across this splendid newly surfaced video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond, with Gerry Mulligan, the Charles Mingus Quartet and Jimmy Smith at the 1971 Newport Jazz Festival in Doelen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Here's an hour and a half of pure jazz bliss...

    Billy May: The Transcriptions

    Something happened in the 1950s. Actually two things did. The generation that grew up during the Depression and fought in World War II turned 40 in 1955.

    Box Sets for the Holidays

    Like many JazzWax readers, jazz is my first love. But I also love rock, pop, folk, soul, reggae, bossa nova and anything else that's great, no matter the genre.

    Jon Hendricks (1921-2017)

    Jon Hendricks, a singer, songwriter and lyricist who pioneered vocalese—the art of crafting words to famed jazz solos—and was a co-founder of the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, died November 22. He was 96.

    George Avakian (1919-2017)

    George Avakian, who as an executive and producer at Columbia Records in the 1940s and '50s created a successful formula for packaging jazz as popular music and who signed Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Johnny Mathis to the label, among others, died November 22. He was 98.

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